Winning the AJGA Puerto Rico Open is one way to make a dream come true.
For the 72 boys junior golfers preparing to tee off Jan. 18-20 at the Trump International Golf Club (Championship course) in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the goal is to win and earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open on March 6-9.
It wasn’t just a dream for Jorge Garcia last year – he did it. Garcia made the cut at the Puerto Rico Open after firing two rounds of 70. He finished 1-under and in 75th place.
Garcia returns as the top dog in a strong field this year, which includes eight players from Puerto Rico.
Here are five players to watch:
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Garcia has proved that he knows how to play Trump International, shooting 63 in the course’s junior event and then going 4 under through two rounds at its PGA Tour event last year. But he’s more than a one-trick pony. He posted five top 10s last season, including a victory at the Thunderbird International Junior. The University of Florida commit is the No. 6 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
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If Garcia is the leader of the pack, Truslow is not far behind. The high school senior tied for second at the AJGA Puerto Rico Open last year, and is the No. 7 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings. Truslow, a Virginia signee, won the AJGA Golf Pride and Junior Players Championship last year.
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Sterbinsky is no stranger to the top competition in junior golf. He played at the Junior Players, Rolex, FootJoy and Junior Invitational last year, earning two top 20s. Sterbinsky, a high school junior, is the No. 31 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
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Grimmer wowed the junior golf world by shooting a 59 in the second round of the Pinehurst North & South Junior last year. Grimmer posted six top 10s last year, including a victory at the Memorial Junior. Grimmer, a high school junior, is the No. 72 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
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Cunningham, an Arizona signee, earned one of his five top 10s last year at the AJGA Puerto Rico Open with a final-round 70. The high school senior won the AJGA Junior at Innisbrook and added runners-up at the Junior Players Championship and FootJoy Invitational.